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13.11: Glossary

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    deterministic:
    Pertaining to a program that does the same thing each time it runs, given the same inputs.
    pseudorandom:
    Pertaining to a sequence of numbers that appears to be random, but is generated by a deterministic program.
    default value:
    The value given to an optional parameter if no argument is provided.
    override:
    To replace a default value with an argument.
    benchmarking:
    The process of choosing between data structures by implementing alternatives and testing them on a sample of the possible inputs.
    rubber duck debugging:
    Debugging by explaining your problem to an inanimate object such as a rubber duck. Articulating the problem can help you solve it, even if the rubber duck doesn’t know Python.

    13.11: Glossary is shared under a CC BY-NC 3.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Allen B. Downey.

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